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Integrated Reservoir Characterization of a Carbonate Ramp Reservoir, South Dagger Draw Field, New Mexico: Seismic Data Are Only Part of the Story

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Scott W. Tinker
Scott W. Tinker
Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
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Donald H. Caldwell
Donald H. Caldwell
Marathon Oil Company, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
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Denise M. Cox
Denise M. Cox
Marathon Oil Company, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
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Laura C. Zahm
Laura C. Zahm
iReservoir.com, Englewood, Colorado, U.S.A.
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Lisë Brinton
Lisë Brinton
LithoLogic, Littleton, Colorado, U.S.A.
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Published:
January 01, 2004

Abstract

South Dagger Draw (SDD) field, located in southeast New Mexico, produces hydrocarbons from complex sigmoid-oblique clinoforms of the Pennsylvanian Canyon and Cisco Formations. South Dagger Draw field, a combination structuralstratigraphic trap, represents the northern extension of the Indian Basin field. Through February 2001, the Indian Basin and SDD fields together had produced nearly 23 million bbl of oil and 2 tcf of gas from Marathon Oil Company-held acreage. Vuggy porosity, formed dominantly in algal biostromes and bioherms located at the rampmargin position of each clinoform, represents the primary reservoir. Vugs were formed by acidic hydrothermal fluids that migrated upward along joints and were baffled beneath shales, resulting in dissolution zones that are controlled by the interplay between structural joints and stratigraphic shales and carbonates.

Data used in the study include logs, cores, modern wire-line log suites, borehole image logs, and three-dimensional (3-D) acoustic impedance values from inversion of seismic data. Seismic data provide interwell information helpful for determining the present-day structure of the field but not particularly useful for interpreting the stratigraphy. High-frequency sequence-stratigraphic interpretation, guided by a depositional model derived from description of cores and outcrops, was accomplished using a necessary combination of well logs, cores, and seismic data. The sequence-stratigraphic interpretation served as input for multiple iterative seismic inversions and provided the framework for the integrated 3-D geologic model.

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AAPG Memoir

Seismic Imaging of Carbonate Reservoirs and Systems

Gregor P. Eberli
Gregor P. Eberli
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Jose Luis Masaferro
Jose Luis Masaferro
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J. F. “Rick” Sarg
J. F. “Rick” Sarg
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
81
ISBN electronic:
9781629810058
Publication date:
January 01, 2004

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